A B M Hamidul Mishbah is a corporate lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and is the Managing Partner of Old Bailey Chambers, Dhaka. He obtained his LL.B (Hons) and Post Graduate Degree in Law from the United Kingdom and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in March 2005. Mishbah later on pursued an LL.M Degree in Competition Law at the City University, London.
Mishbah specializes in the areas of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Media & Entertainment and Defamation, IT & Telecommunication, Competition (Antitrust), and International Commercial law.
Mishbah’s noted works till date include his contribution as a member in the drafting committee of the National ICT Policy 2009, assisted BTRC to draft the licensing guidelines on Vehicle Tracking Services and Commercial Video Conferencing Service Guidelines, advocated amendment within the Customs Law (National Budget 2012-2013) to prohibit importing of foreign GI products within Bangladesh that imitates Bangladeshi GI products.
Mishbah’s recent works include advising to assess the possible competition impact in e-commerce market resulting from the merger between two leading e-commerce companies in Bangladesh, and assisting the music fraternity of Bangladesh in establishing the first ever CMO (Collective Management Organization) called Bangladesh Lyricist, Composers and Performers Society (BLCPS). Mishbah now acts as the Legal Adviser for BLCPS.
He serves as a Member to the Committee for amendment of Copyright Act 2000, and the Anti Piracy Taskforce functions under the auspices of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs for curbing piracy. Mishbah possess ample experience in conducting IPR training sessions, and has trained Judges and Police officers amongst others.
In 2011 Mishbah founded Bangladesh Copyright & Industrial Property Forum (www.bcipf.org), which is a not-for-profit organization solely focuses on promoting IPR and IPR enforcement within Bangladesh. BCIPF runs a legal aid center called “IP Plus Law Clinic” which provides pro-bono legal support and advice to start-up entrepreneurs, software developers and creative fraternity. BCIPF, under its “Volunteer for IP” (VIP) initiative, trains 100 young university students on basic IPR issues each year, and also publish an IP Magazine called “INTELLECT”, which is now published online too (www.intellect.com.bd). Mishbah has conducted numerous training sessions on IPR education, awareness, and the importance of protection of IP and innovative business concepts, applications, brands, etc.